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A coin purse is a small money container similar to a wallet, but typically used by women and including a compartment for coins. In some countries, it is known simply as a purse. In other countries, such as the United States, the term purse refers to a handbag.

The word purse is derived from the Latin bursa, from the Greek βύρσα, býrsa, oxhide.[1]


The comical cane toad purse

The oldest known purse was found with Ötzi the Iceman[2] who lived around 3,300 BCE. Another early example is on Egyptian hieroglyphs, which show pouches worn around the waist. The next appearance is in 14th century Europe. In Europe they often showed social status based on the embroidery and quality of the bag. At this time the purses were for women mainly and were therefore attached to their girdle.

An antique Indian female purse

In the 15th century, both men and women wore purses. They were often finely embroidered or ornamented with gold. It was also customary for men to give their new brides purses embroidered with an illustration of a love story. Later in the century, women, now wearing finer dresses, preferred to wear their pouches under their skirts which is a new fashion trend in the United States of America[citation needed].

In the 17th century, bags became more complex and elaborate. Girls were taught skills such as embroidery and needlework, that could assist them in finding a husband. These skills gave rise to stitched artwork on bags. Around the year 1670, men's breeches were made with built-in pockets, which caused them to stop carrying purses. They did however carry little netted purses in their pocket to carry money.




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